It was discovered independently in 1841 by two scientists, but only properly described a year later by Gustav Simon, a German dermatologist.
He was looking at acne spots under a microscope when he noticed a “worm-like object” with a head and legs. He extracted it, pressed it between two slides, and saw that it moved. A year later, Richard Owen gave the mite its name, from the Greek words ‘demo’, meaning lard, and ‘dex’, meaning boring worm. I can only assume that Simon and Owen spent the rest of their lives feeling a little itchy.
New Scientist published a story yesterday stating that rosacea – a common skin disease characterised by red blotches on one’s face – may be “caused” (more on this later) by “tiny bugs closely related to spiders living in the pores of your face.” Tiny bugs that “crawl about your face in the dark”, lay eggs in your pores, and release a burst of faeces when they die. ***** Say hello to my little friend Mites are relatives of ticks, spiders, scorpions and other arachnids. Around 65 of them belong to the genus the bigger of the two.
For anyone who wants to know more, and who isn’t currently clawing at their cheeks or bleaching their head (health tip: don’t), here’s everything you never wanted to know about your face-mites.
An example: metronidazole is sometimes used to treat can survive high concentrations of metronidazole, so maybe the mites are irrelevant to the substance’s actions.
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The next count, from 1908, found them in 97 out of 100 German cadavers. They’re most commonly found in our eyelids, nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. Some say they eat sebum, but Nutting thought that such a diet wouldn’t be nutritious enough.
That’s not to say they’re restricted to the face: has been found in the hairs of the ear canal, nipple, groin, chest, forearm, penis, and butt too. They prize bodily real estate that’s flooded with oils (sebum). It might also explain why their numbers are apparently higher in the summer, when hot temperatures ramp up sebum production. Instead, he said that they feast on the cells that line the follicle, sucking out their innards with a retractable needle in the middle of a round mouth.
These mites are our most common ectoparasites (those that stay on the surface of our bodies, rather than burrowing inside).